‘Swavlamban 2023’ Seminar

The Indian Navy is set to host the 2nd Edition of the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Seminar, ‘Swavlamban 2023,’ on October 4-5, 2023. This seminar follows the inaugural edition held in July 2022, where the Prime Minister Modi launched the ‘SPRINT Challenges,’ consisting of 75 challenges for startups and MSMEs as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ initiative.

Objective of the ‘Swavlamban 2023’ seminar

The ‘Swavlamban 2023’ seminar aims to showcase and promote indigenous innovations and technologies developed by startups and MSMEs for use in the Indian Navy.

About SPRINT

  • ‘SPRINT’ stands for Supporting Pole-Vaulting in R&D through Innovations for Defence Excellence and is a collaborative effort involving the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO), Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO), and Technology Development Acceleration Cell (TDAC).
  • The initiative received 1106 proposals, with 113 winners under the DISC 7 SPRINT category and 5 winners in the DISC 7 SPRINT-PRIME category.
  • These winners are developing prototypes across various niche technologies, including underwater lasers, autonomous weaponized swarms, firefighting aids, artificial intelligence applications, and maritime drones.
  • These 75 prototypes will be showcased, with live demonstrations of select technologies, during the ‘Swavlamban-2023’ seminar in New Delhi.

Significance of the ‘SPRINT Challenges’

The ‘SPRINT Challenges’ are aimed at boosting the adoption of indigenous technology within the Indian Navy. They represent a commitment to develop at least 75 indigenous technologies/products as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ initiative.

Niche Technologies developed as part of the ‘SPRINT’ initiative

Niche technologies being progressed include blue-green lasers for underwater applications, autonomous weaponized swarms and underwater swarm drones, multiple firefighting aids, the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) for various uses, and the development of an ultra-endurance small drone for maritime missions.


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